• WordNet 3.6
    • n paragon an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    • n paragon model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paragon A companion; a match; an equal. "Philoclea, who indeed had no paragon but her sister."
    • Paragon A model or pattern; "Man, . . . the paragon of animals !""The riches of sweet Mary's son,
      Boy-rabbi, Israel's paragon ."
    • Paragon (Print) A size of type between great primer and double pica. See the Note under Type.
    • Paragon Emulation; rivalry; competition. "Full many feats adventurous
      Performed, in paragon of proudest men."
    • v. i Paragon To be equal; to hold comparison. "Few or none could . . . paragon with her."
    • Paragon To compare with; to equal; to rival. "In arms anon to paragon the morn,
      The morn new rising."
    • Paragon To compare; to parallel; to put in rivalry or emulation with.
    • Paragon To serve as a model for; to surpass. "He hath achieved a maid
      That paragons description and wild fame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paragon A model or pattern; especially, a model or pattern of special excellence or perfection.
    • n paragon A companion; fellow; mate.
    • n paragon A rival.
    • n paragon Rivalry; emulation; hence, comparison; a test of excellence or superiority.
    • n paragon A stuff, embroidered or plain, used for dress and upholstery in the seventeenth century.
    • n paragon A diamond weighing more than 100 carats.
    • n paragon A size of printing-type, about lines to the inch, the intermediate of the larger size double small-pica and the smaller size great-primer, equal to 20 points, and so distinguished in the new system of sizes.
    • paragon To compare; parallel; mention in comparison or competition.
    • paragon To admit comparison with; rival; equal.
    • paragon To go beyond; excel; surpass.
    • paragon To compare; pretend to comparison or equality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paragon par′a-gon a pattern or model with which comparisons are made:
    • v.t Paragon to compare: to bring into comparison with:
    • n Paragon par′a-gon (Spens.) a companion or a rival: something supremely excellent: a size of printing-type intermediate between great-primer and double pica, equal to 20 points in the newer system
    • v.t Paragon (Shak.) to surpass
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  • Tennessee Williams
    “All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. paragon, F. parangon,; cf. It. paragone, Sp. paragon, parangon,; prob. fr. Gr. to rub against; para` beside + whetstone; cf. LGr. a polishing stone


In literature:

At last Lord Henry was clothed, and, as St. Maur had truthfully prophesied, looked the very paragon of a well-dressed man.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
Professional paragons, dear reader, are shy of scarlet fever.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
Even this paragon I would have gladly escaped had there been a way.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
I recall the case of a gentleman whose reputation was that of a paragon of all the virtues.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
And I caught him up short, last Sunday morning, when he tried to argue that I was a sort of paragon in petticoats.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
It is but part and parcel of Her Highness's ways with those whom she would seem at times to think paragons.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
If your paragon is so squeamish you'd better keep him in the bush.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
And who is this paragon?
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Never a doubt entered his mind but that the Judge would speedily fall in love with such a paragon, and throw himself at her feet.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
I wish I knew the woman who wrote it; she must be a paragon.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
Of all the ladies of paper and ink I count you the paragon, call you the pink.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A groan answered me: and there in the doorway stood, or rather titubated, my paragon of body-servants.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
To think that disagreeable new neighbour of hers, must be a paragon of all the virtues!
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
And you are to remember that I thought Namu a paragon, and was proud of the man as one of the first ripe fruits of the mission.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She was a most lovely person, in body and mind, and in his eyes the paragon of womanhood.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
Also in other ways he failed not to set up his son as a paragon in business.
"Talkers" by John Bate
But he appears the paragon of men.
"The Advocate" by Charles Heavysege
And he thought this paragon was a lord.
"Aliens" by William McFee
She was a splendid creature, a physical paragon, but love!
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
To-morrow, Mrs. Raeburn settled, this paragon must be interviewed.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie

In poetry:

Or flowers be flowers? creation knows
That you are you, and none,
In the least like you, fellow shall
Your peerless paragon.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Some paragon with but one head
And no more brains than is allowed;
And between his legs, where once was love,
Monsters to pack the future with.
"War Resisters' Song" by Thomas McGrath
But him, of character and mind
Superb, alert, and strong,
I never study but to find
The subject of my song,
Some paragon of womankind,
Has helped him all along.
"Woman's Help" by Hattie Howard
E quelli fur giorni di gioja
Al paragon di questo!... Allora i canti
Giocondamente mi nascean nel cranio.
Ed io, recando un ideai tesoro
Di poesia, indifferente o lieto
Passavo in mezzo alle sventure mie!
"Meriggio" by Ferdinando Fontana
The Moral: There's nothing much glummer
Than children whose talents appall:
One much prefers those who are dumber,
But as for the paragons small,
If a swallow cannot make a summer
It can bring on a summary fall!
"How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The Moral: There's nothing much glummer
Than children whose talents appal.
One much prefers those that are dumber,
And as for the paragons small—
If a swallow cannot make a summer.
It can bring on a summary fall!
"Red Ridinghood" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Local Paragon Club Dog Members.
Shadow is a 5-year-old Golden Retriever from Paragon , IN.
0In an effort to increase brand recognition and streamline processes, Paragon Manufacturing Co. Will now simply become known as PMC.
Paragon donated 10,000 water filters for use in sports bottles.
Paragon Water Systems of Clearwater, Fla.
Take a ride on the Paragon Carousel in Hull.
Case studies and applications involving Paragon Machinery Corp. Is this your company.
Founded in 1990, Paragon Innovations fills a specialized niche in the outsourced technical development market-real time embedded systems.
Paragon Trade Brands has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming Inc.'s quest to build a casino in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, was ended by last week by city leaders.
Paragon Biomedical Inc of Irvine has been sold to Clinipace Worldwide Inc for an undisclosed price.
Paragon runs clinical trials for drug makers, medical device makers and biotechnology companies.
Livermore police are warning shoppers to be wary of heavy traffic expected for the opening of the Paragon Outlets this week.
Q+A With Kintu Patel, Paragon Lighting and Sound.
Paragon staff establish Orange in-house team.

In science:

This system serves as a paragon for random lasers due to its exemplary high index contrast.
Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes
Thus, new approximationpreserving reductions have been introduced, i.e., reductions that not only map instances of one problem into instances of the other, but that are also able to map back “good” solutions into “paragonably good” solutions.
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
Heermann and the Many Particle Group of the HLRZ J¨ulich for their warm hospitality and the generous allocation of computer time on the Intel IPSC/860 and the Paragon.
Critical behaviour of the Random--Bond Ashkin--Teller Model, a Monte-Carlo study
The calculations were performed on the Intel Paragon at the ETH Z¨urich.
Low-Temperature Scaling Regime of Random Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Spin Chains
The calculations were performed on the Intel Paragon at the ETH Z¨urich.
Thermodynamics of Random Ferromagnetic Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains
One can view Intel's Paragon OS as a cluster operating system, although the Paragon is not a cluster in the sense of this paper because it is not made of commodity components.
Cluster Computing White Paper
However, every shared resource represents a potential bottleneck in a system that has to be scalable. A good example for the problems involved in this is, once again, the Intel Paragon.
Cluster Computing White Paper
This is because Puma runs on the “compute partition” of the Intel Paragon and Tflops/s machines, while a full-featured OS (e.g.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Intel’s Paragon OS is well known for its tendency to lock up the entire machine because of minor problems on one node, as well as its wretched performance on large systems.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Puaut, MYOAN: an implementation of the KOAN shared virtual memory on the Intel paragon, Technical Report RR-2258, Institute National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, 1994 E.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Using the data, we try to find (i) the temporal trend of the publications from the above telescopes, and (ii) if there is any correlation in the refereed paper publications and the Nature/Science paper publications, where the latter is assumed to be the paragon of highimpact journals.
Paper Productivity of Ground-based Large Optical Telescopes from 2000 to 2009
Computations were done on the CPPACS pilot machine at the University of Tsukuba, the Paragon at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the T3E at NERSC. D.T. is grateful for the hospitality of the University of Tsukuba, where this work was begun.
Testing improved actions for dynamical Kogut-Susskind quarks
All we had to do for the present work was basically to parallelize the algorithm in order to fully utilize the Intel Paragon at Melbourne University.
Series expansions of the percolation probability for directed square and honeycomb lattices